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on 9 July 2017
Just a wonderful CD well worth including in you music collection
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And it is so true! Some of life's best secrets, remain secret, unless a few of us are lucky enough to find them. This CD is one such example of one of life's undiscovered gems! CD1 of this album is nothing short of a pure romantic's classic! It is worth the price for the lyrics alone! They are inspiring to the extreme! They touch, tease and caress every angle of love, passion and loss. Check out track 7......."im living in your dreams, I'm where you cannot be, i'm way out of your reach, i'm where you cannot see. Is it you, or is it me?" (been there?) Now add some of the most talented "dance" and "chilled" female vocalists of the last decade (Kirsty Hawkshaw of "BT" fame, Jennifer Mc Laren, Leigh Nash), mix superb production (I mean superb - the arrangements here would make Madonna weep!), and a little superlative song writing by Bill Leeb, and you have a CD written only because they had to write it, simple as that! The opening track "Innocente" is one of the few songs I know that is totally lyrical, yet the music and lyrics go to bed with each other in sublime fashion! Other highlights include the sheer passion of "Myth" (check out the amazing trumpet chorus line)and "a poem for byzantium" - a true love song in every sense of the word! POEM will not be to everyone's taste (Oasis fans forget it), but I challenge ANY reviewer who claims to like the new so fashionable "chilled" scene, and who can appreciate superb and diversified female lyrics without a hint of "folk", to buy this album. In a sense it is like true love.......once sampled, you will never forget it! An undiscivered masterpiece swimming high in a sea of medeoicre compilations (if you have never loved, this CD may just inspire you!). Brilliant.
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on 10 July 2001
Bill Leeb (Delerium) has done a great job. The songs are incredible...each one is multiple layered with sounds and voices and instruments. Listen to it with earphones and you'll be surprised how beautiful and colourful music can be! For the first time Bill Leeb has used real instruments and a male vocalist. On every song there's this mix of electronic and real strings, guitars and even choirs! Live drums mixed with electronic drum beats. Normally on his earlier albums, the songs are electronic instrumentals. On Poem we can only find 1 instrumental! Another instrumental track is "Terra Firma" (not listed in the track list above) is the fifth track on the bonus disc and is featured in the new Tomb Raider movie. --The very first pressing of Poem, which was only available as an import, had a track called "Temptation" on, an extremely beautiful track which features Lisa Gerrard, who did the soundtrack for "Gladiator". In Canada and USA, Delerium is known as a gothic ambient band....but over here in the UK...due to the success of the Silence remix by airscape...people think they're trance. -They're not! Delerium used to be more ambient, but for this UK release, they selected the more "commercial" tracks. Beautiful pop ballads and dance tracks. -On the bonus discs are 3 trance remixes.
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on 10 March 2002
First heard Silence on a compilation album and was interested enough to buy Poem without any hesitation. Poem is brilliant especially through a good set of headphones. Its a wall of sound that you'll play again and again....and I have.
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on 4 February 2009
This CD turned me on to Delerium. I can understand longer term fans being disappointed with this CD, because it is very accessible, with less of the harder trance that highlighted earlier works. This is a collection of very good songs, and very good guest songstresses. There is no bad track to be seen. The one possible niggle is, it feels like a collection of excellent songs, rather than a project. However, I love this CD and return to it regularly.
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on 23 May 2001
I don't know how to describe this CD. No words can capture what an amazing album this is. Deep, perfect, uplifting, sorrowful, breath taking... all these words come to mind - but none can truly express what this Album is. Every track is a masterpiece, from the striking Terra Firma at the start, then the sorrowful Innocente, the joyful Aria, the expressive Fallen Icons, the shimmering Underwater, the spine-shivering Myth, the rich Nature's Kingdom, the powerful Daylight, the creeping Temptation, the memorable Poem for Byzantium, to the final Among the Ruins.
This album spans ages, leaps lightly between worlds and emotions... Watch out - it could make the rest of your CD collection look dull and shallow in comparison. If the only reason you're looking at this album is because you like dance music, and you liked Silence, then this is perhaps not for you, because it isn't dance music. I find that this music and dance music go hand in hand, but if you dislike album versions before they are remixed - then don't go for this.
They ought not to be ignored. This album will not disappoint if you love music that you only hear in dreams... Also, if you likeEnigma et al then this is for you. Enjoy.
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on 6 November 2001
Not been listening to Delerium long, first became interested in them when they released Silence as a trance /dance amthem here in the UK. This CD is absolutely incredible, the songs take you to so many different levels, the music is rich and vibrant, and the vocals are purely angelic. A must for chill-out sessions, uplifting gurus and easy-listening bods
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on 26 January 2001
If your looking for music to lose yourself in, then this is it. From the opening track Terra Firma this album holds your attention throughout with its beautiful melodies and ambient/electronica soundscapes. If the only Delerium track you have heard is the remix dance single silence from their last album then this may come as something as a pleasant shock. This is by no way a trance album!. If you listen to tracks like Underwater and Daylight (featuring the excellent Matthew Sweet), the songwriting shows a depth rarely seen in dance music. All that remains to be said is this would be a worthy addition to any music collection, no matter what genre you listen to.
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on 9 April 2001
If there are any cynics out there who doubt that electronic music can have depth and emotion as well as straight, boring beats and effects then this album should melt their opposition. The fact that Delerium feature songwriters rather than vocalists shines through in the power and disparity of this album, which benefits from so many different skilled individuals. If anybody has been surprised after the Silence dance mix single, then more fool them for thinking that Sarah Mclaughlan would have written a trance track! This is a stunning album.
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on 27 August 2001
It's so good you'll want to pull off your head and put it inside your CD player just to get closer to the music. There are no words that come close to describing this CD - nothing could express how good it is. So just buy it. Delerium stand unchallenged.
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